New Paltz’s ‘Do Not Drink’ advisory was lifted overnight after the municipal water system was flushed and its water re-tested.
The advisory was put in place Monday morning after residents complained their tap water smelled like kerosene or natural gas.
Testing by the state Department of Health after the flushing “showed no detectable levels of petroleum compounds,” according to the Governor’s Office.
The probable source of the odor was discovered early Tuesday. A sheen was found on New Paltz’s Reservoir Number Four, and a Department of Environmental Conversation spill report was filed at about 9:30 a.m. that morning.
The resident’s complaints, the water advisory, the spill report, and the DEC investigation were first reported by The Other Hudson Valley.
Town officials cut off Reservoir Number Four from the municipal water supply while attempting to find the source of the odor on Sunday. New Paltz then received water from its three other municipal reservoirs before being switched to water from the Catskill Aqueduct, according to local officials, which supplies a chunk of the community’s water during normal times.
Residents are being told by the Governor’s Office to flush their pipes to remove any old water. Instructions to do so can be found here.
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